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Winter Olympics: Sofia Goggia wins Italy's third gold medal

23 February 2018

She finished 0.74 seconds ahead of Ragnhild Mowinckel, the Norwegian skier who had edged ahead of Vonn for the silver medal in the individual downhill event. She missed the 2014 Sochi Games because of injury.

Then again, shocking finishes seem to be the norm on this hill. "I miss home, I miss the cheese, the chocolate, let's go home", she said.

Next, the slalom. She had a 1.21-second lead on Shiffrin, who's one of the best in the world at the discipline.

Goggia or Vonn. Vonn or Goggia. But I'm going to soak it in as if it were my last, ' said Vonn. Even Julie Foudy, former Olympic soccer player, came to the skier's defense, tweeting, "I just spent last 20 mins reading thru tweets directed at @lindseyvonn". As she stood at the top of the slalom track, snow started to fall. She won her third Olympic medal Wednesday, a bronze in the women's downhill that makes the 33-year-old the oldest woman to win an Alpine medal. In a way, this was her "defense". "You've got to put things into perspective. I have no regrets; I'm really happy; I'm especially happy and proud of my teammates".

"It was just a touch tentative in the middle section", Knight said.

Kidlow did step back his harsh criticism a bit later when he expounded that Vonn was not aggressive enough in spots during the race, adding that she was "just not quite risking enough".

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This was Goggia's first gold at an Olympics or a world championships. "Lindsey's legacy will be pursued as she has inspired the world", he told Reuters.

The star athlete chose to ski seventh in the lineup to ensure she raced after 25-year-old Goggia, her rival and friend. "She attacks full. She never quits and that's impressive".

But she was overwhelmed when she met a group of South Korean men who wanted to show their gratitude for her grandad's war efforts after he passed away in November.

She wrote her grandfather's initials, "D.K." and a heart on her helmet during competition.

"It's been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather", Vonn said.

"I love racing in the Olympics", Vonn said.

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Both Vonn and Shiffrin have also made a decision to skip the last race, the team event.

Shiffrin made a decision to skip the individual downhill to concentrate on the combined after weather conditions had forced race organizers to tighten the calendar.

After she failed to medal in the super-G and tweeted about it, #MAGA trolls piled into her mentions, many suggesting that her sixth-place finish was "karma".

This will be the first meeting for Shiffrin, a slalom expert, and Vonn, a downhill legend, on the slopes in Pyeongchang after countless weather postponements jumbled the schedule, resulting in Shiffrin sitting out several events.

Wednesday night's NBC/NBCSN viewership peaked at 17.9 million viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. for women's alpine skiing. "It's incredible what's she's able to accomplish", Vonn said of Shiffrin.

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Winter Olympics: Sofia Goggia wins Italy's third gold medal